Oh my goodness, what a beauty if I do say so myself!
Late last night I got the urge to build a bed for my Gnome house. I knew I want a rustic looking bed so I looked online for inspiration and found many life sized log beds and just chose a simple log bed to pull inspiration from.
I made the log frame with tin foil and covered them with masking tape. I inserted toothpicks at all the joins and hot glued everything together, keeping the toothpicks inside as stabilizers. This worked surprisingly well.
I covered each piece with a homemade paper mache clay. (I used a recipe by Jonni Good found here. It was one of her older recipes. The only issue with the air dry clay is it shrunk up a bit after a week and I had to sand the bottom of the legs to get the bed to sit even again.) I shaped the "logs' as I went along, making sure to mold in extra stabilizing parts at each join. Once
I was satisfied with the look I popped it in the oven for 20 min at 175.
And now look at the finished color, it's beautiful!!
So now I have to seal it. I realized quickly that I can't used a brush on seal as it tends to wipe off the coffee stain even though I baked it on. As soon as I can I'll go to town and grab a spray on sealer. While I'm waiting to go to town I'll get started on the mattress. Oh, and I'll have to also make bed slats so the mattress has something to sit on.
Come back soon and see the bed all dressed.. oh I can't wait to get it made up with a quilt or something!
So hard to believe I started with tin foil, masking tape and tooth picks!
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UPDATE: I've made the slats and a mattress, see them here